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Saturday November 11th, 2017
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Henry "Hank" Joseph Guse, Jr.

Memorial services for Henry (Hank) Joseph Guse, Jr., age 81, of Albert Lea, Minnesota, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church.  Rev. Shane Koepke will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery.  Friends may greet the family from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 11 at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday.

Hank passed away on Thursday, October 26, 2017. 

Hank was born in his home in Springfield, Minnesota, to parents Vivian and Henry Joseph Guse, Sr. on October 24, 1936. He graduated from Springfield High School in 1954, and continued his education at Mankato State University, where he graduated with a teaching degree.  His first teaching job took him to St. Ansgar, Iowa, where he met his lovely future wife, Janice Marie Steinberg. Their path later took them to Albert Lea, where Hank was employed as a high school teacher and District #241 administrator for over 35 years.  Hank was proud to be a teacher, and genuinely loved teaching kids not only history and humanities, but also general life lessons.

He has always said, “I’ve had a really great life, a really great one!  I have no regrets, none.  I have a loving family and so many wonderful friends with whom I have lots of fantastic memories.  That is what life is about.  So NO tears when I die, just celebrate the great life I’ve had!”

Hank is survived by his loving children, Kim and husband Ret. Col. David Rabb, Jackie Guse-Schoonover, Matt and his wife, Rodi Guse.  He will be dearly missed by his eleven grandchildren, Zach, Mandy Leietta, Alyse, Andrew, Ben, Mia, Sam, Ellie, Bryn, Clare, and one great-grandchild, Kaiah.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jan, parents Vivian and Henry Guse, Sr., mother and father-in-law, Gertrude and Elmer Steinberg, as well as his sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia and David Zea.

The family would like any memorials to be donated to Mayo Hospice, the Martin Luther Fund at Grace Lutheran Church, the Janice Guse Scholarship Fund at Grace Lutheran Church, the American Cancer Society, or the charity of your choice.

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Mr Guse taught a couple of our children and he was absolutely the best. Our children always said he was tough, he was kind, he was fair, and he loved his students. Our thanks and sympathies to the family!!!

Pete and Deb Louters Nov 12 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Henry "Hank" Guse, Jr.

June Goodnature Nov 6 2017 12:00 AM

Our Thoughts are with your family at this time. Dave and Judy Kelley

Dave and Judy Kelley Nov 6 2017 12:00 AM

Henry was a great man and mentor to many of us youngsters whom he hired at the old Albert Lea High School. He will be sorely missed for his laughter and humor. My sympathies to the family.

Kurt Barickman

Kurt Barickman Nov 3 2017 12:00 AM

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A Basket of Light was ordered on November 3, 2017

Expression of Sympathy Nov 3 2017 12:00 AM

Simply the best. A man who gave his all and loved doing it. Our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate Hanks life and his reunion with his life love, Jan!

Ginny Thompson Nov 2 2017 12:00 AM